It’s possible that the Rotary Club of Wellesley will still have its 56th annual Pancake Festival this year, but it looks as though it won’t be on Wellesley’s Wonderful Weekend in May like it usually is. As the Townsman reported earlier this week, the Rotary is no longer partnering with Wellesley Little League to sell tickets for the event, which raised funds both for the league and the Rotary’s various community programs.
Traditionally, Wellesley Little League players have sold tickets door to door and in front of local stores. I have fond memories of watching kids on teams I coached ambush Roche Bros. shoppers entering and leaving the grocery store. We also learned over the years to show up really early or really late for the event in order to avoid long lines.
“Wellesley Little League had a tremendous run with the Rotary and the pancake festival,” says Steve Wiviott, on behalf of the WLL board. “But in the past few years, ticket sales have been harder to organize and WLL is now looking at some other community-oriented fundraising ideas that will engage more of our young ball players. We’re also exploring ways to include more Wellesley residents through additional partnerships with community-focused organizations.”
John Adams, immediate past president of the Wellesley Rotary, acknowledged that sales of tickets and net revenue had been on the decline for the past 6 years. “We were sorry to see the Little League pull out last December, but they were fighting the changing demographics, declining sign-ups, and families being too busy in general,” he says.
Last year, the Rotary actually referred to the event as the Breakfast Festival, rather than the Pancake Festival, to reflect a broadened menu.
As for this year, the Rotary isn’t giving up hope of running a pancake festival in the fall, possibly by partnering with other sports programs in town.
UPDATE (2/17/17): According to the NRC: “The Wetlands Protection Committee issued a Positive determination for the project, meaning that the Applicant will need to file a Notice of Intent to pursue the work as presented. We anticipate that the Applicant will do so, and the NRC/WPC welcomes any comments on the matter”
The request has grabbed the attention of neighbors as well as the Sustainable Wellesley group, which is encouraging those interested to attend the meeting. According to the request, some of the trees have become overgrown and are interfering with turf maintenance, while other trees have died or are in rough shape and the Club wants to get rid of them for safety reasons.
Italian food specialist Comella’s, which has locations in Wellesley and a dozen other Massachusetts communities, is closed on Thursday in support of the Day Without Immigrants protest. Protesters are attempting to show what life in the United States might be like without immigrants, in response to the Trump administration’s immigration agenda.
We will b closed 2day 2 support the Day W/O Immigrants. We have supported our employees for 28 yrs who are like FAMILY & will cont. 2 do so.
— Comella's (@comellasfood) February 16, 2017
In Wellesley, the Davis Museum at Wellesley College also announced this week that it is demonstrating against the Trump administration policies and plans by removing or shrouding immigrant-connected art for six days.